Interdisciplinary Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Damir Novosel

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Revitalizing the Power Grid Needs, Benefits and Advancements

Dr. Damir Novosel, President
Quanta Technology

Dr. Damir Novosel spoke on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 12:50PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1230

In last few years, sense of urgency has been brought to all energy issues, including the electric power grid. Reliable grid operation is critical to society and oil dependency and environmental concerns drive the power industry. Electrical utility industry is making the transition to new infrastructure with benefits of improving the performance of electric utility systems and addressing the energy needs of society, such as improved efficiency and utilization, renewable energy and electrical vehicle integration, demand response, power quality and reduced maintenance cost. The above requires system and equipment reinforcement, improved integrated system planning and operation, and increased automation. This complex infrastructure requires use of the advanced technology or “Smart Grid”.
This seminar addresses following topics:
? Emerging Industry Trends and Issues in Advancing and Shaping the Grid
? Innovative Smart Grid Technologies
? Advancements in Transmission Research
? Workforce Needs for the 21st Century
The global topic of development and deployment of a “smarter” electricity grid has been at the forefront of industry initiatives and investments around the world. Advanced monitoring, protection, and control technologies enable implementation of “smarter” electrical grids to realize the needs of the electricity users for sustainable energy delivery and enhanced power system performance. Transmission system aspects are analyzed, including preventing system-wide outages using Wide Area Measurement, Protection, and Control (WAMPAC) technology such as synchronized measurements. Benefits of using WAMPAC and latest research advancements in System Voltage Management are described in more detail.

Dr. Damir Novosel is President of Quanta Technology. Prior to joining Quanta Technology, Damir was President of KEMA T&D Consulting in the US. He has also held various positions in ABB, including Vice President of global development and product management for automation products. Damir has been adjunct professor at North Carolina State University since 1997 and thought at Mississippi State University (1991 -1992).
His work in automation and power system monitoring, protection, and control earned him international recognition and was elected IEEE Fellow in 2003. Damir holds 16 US and international patents and has published 112 articles in Refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings. He received the IEEE PES 2011 Prize Paper Award. He contributed to McGraw-Hill 2006 Yearbook of Science and Springer 2012 Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Damir led or contributed to 20 IEEE and CIGRE guides, standards, and reports; thought a number of international courses and tutorials; and was a keynote speaker and panelist at numerous international conferences and workshops.
He is presently Chair of the IEEE PES Technical Council, IEEE PES VP of Technology, member of the CIGRE Executive Committee, and has been chairing Performance Requirement Task Team for the North American Synchro-Phasor Initiative (NASPI) since 2004. Damir also chaired the PES Fellows committee. Dr. Novosel holds PhD and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar) and University of Zagreb, Croatia, respectively.